The construction sector has been struggling for a while now. It seems that every quarter, the numbers look more and more dismal. In spite of this, the National Careers Service selected carpenters and joiners as their highlighted job profile a few weeks ago. We thought it would be worth our while to run the occupation through Analyst and see the numbers for ourselves.
Carpenters and joiners are doing quite well for themselves at the moment. They account for 95,751 jobs and have grown 1.8% since 2010. They earn a median wage of £10.86 per hour, but some workers earn as much as £15.03 per hour. And as you can see, the Jobcentre Plus claimant counts steadily dropped last year as more and more carpenters and joiners found jobs.
Carpenters and joiners grew by two per cent in 2010, but dropped off a bit in 2011. While the construction sector has declined precipitously in the years since the recession, the projections are looking up. It’s not very likely that the construction sector will expand enormously in the next few years, but based on the occupation’s current and historic trends, we can hope for a modest increase.
|Gov't Office Region||2010 Jobs||2013 Jobs||Median Hourly Earnings|
|Source: EMSI Covered Employment - 2013.1 BETA|
|East of England||7,807||8,452||£11.66|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||7,772||7,423||£10.46|
The South West has the largest number of carpenters and joiners at 14,155. Scotland and the North West are next on the list, with 13,259 and 10,734 jobs, respectively. Of these 11 regions, six have increased their carpenters and joiners and five have lost jobs. Scotland has gained the most jobs, with 1,201 since 2010.
We can delve deeper into the data by examining the 50 largest urban areas by population. Birmingham has the largest number of carpenters and joiners with 1,532 jobs. Following are Cornwall (1,416), Leeds (1,224), Wiltshire (953) and South Gloucestershire (850). With the exception of Wiltshire, all of these localities have grown over the last three years.
Cornwall has the highest concentration of carpenters and joiners, with an LQ of 2.00, twice as concentrated as the rest of the nation. Dudley comes next with 1.72, followed by South Gloucestershire (1.59), Shropshire (1.55) and Northumberland (1.53).
|LAU1||LAU1 Name||2010 Jobs||2013 Jobs||Median Hourly Earnings||2013 National Location Quotient|
|Source: EMSI Covered Employment - 2013.1|
|00HB||Bristol, City of||703||735||£11.26||0.86|
|00FB||East Riding of Yorkshire||586||562||£10.46||1.37|
|00EW||Cheshire West and Chester||366||397||£10.50||0.74|
|00FA||Kingston upon Hull, City of||433||396||£10.46||0.98|
|00CJ||Newcastle upon Tyne||379||388||£11.15||0.62|
|00ML||Brighton and Hove||173||213||£11.00||0.48|
(Note: This list of urban areas comes from the ONS website, which has not yet release the census data for Scotland.)